Upcoming exhibitions

Keep up to date with our upcoming exhibitions and events. Exhibitions are held at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus and are free and open to the public.

Image right: Brigit Heller, Poles Apart 2003 (detail), blue band painted pipe and steel wire, Purchase 2004, Deakin University Art Collection. Image © and courtesy of the artist.

Jumaadi: the unaccounted sea

17 April – 14 June 2024

Jumaadi, Boat loaded with trees 2023, buffalo skin

Image: Jumaadi, boat loaded with trees 2023, buffalo skin, image © and courtesy of the artist and King Street Gallery, Sydney.

Jumaadi is an Indonesian/Australian artist who lives both in Sydney and Yogyakarta and works fluidly across painting, drawing, paper cuts, buffalo hide, performance, animation and installation. Jumaadi's Indigenous Javanese heritage informs his practice, as well as his personal experiences and the colonial and political histories of his homeland. Recent works and performances have addressed passages of water and those whose journeys depend on it. With a poetic sensibility and symbolism, Jumaadi weaves together personal iconographies of human and organic motifs exploring themes of place, conflict and belonging.

George Gittoes: Ukraine

3 July – 16 August 2024

Artist George Gittoes on location April 2022, Borodyanke, Ukraine

Image: George Gittoes on location April 2022, Borodyanke, Ukraine. Painting in progress title Borodyanke Party Dress. Photo by Kate Parunova.

Not long after Russian armed forces invaded Ukraine, artist George Gittoes and his partner, musician and performance artist, Hellen Rose, left Australia for Kyiv. George and Hellen spoke with residents of the bombed city about their experiences, documenting the devastated urban and rural landscapes through film and painting. This is an exhibition of the work that was produced during this trip.

Please note this exhibition features depictions of war.

A Hazelhurst Arts Centre touring exhibition.

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

29 August - 11 October

2023 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award installation view

Image: 2023 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award installation view, Deakin University Art Gallery, August 2023, image © copyright and courtesy of the artists, photo Simon Peter Fox.

The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award was established in 2009 and is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University, Victoria. The award celebrates sculptures from artists around Australia, culminating in an exhibition of finalists' work held in August to October each year at the Deakin University Art Gallery.

A panel, who changes composition each year, shortlist around 40 entries as finalists from an average of 280 entries that are received annually. The same panel then chooses a winner and a highly commended. The winning work goes into the Deakin University Art collection.

The finalist exhibition is held for a period of 6-8 weeks at the Deakin University Art Gallery on Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood campus. At the end of the exhibition, a People’s Choice winner is determined by vote from exhibition visitors and the winning artist is awarded a non-acquisitive cash prize.

Ghost Gums and Red Earth: the lost paintings of Ronald E Bull

23 October – 13 December 2024

Ronald E Bull, Untitled (View of the Dandenongs) 1976, watercolour on paper

Image: Ronald E Bull, Untitled (View of the Dandenongs) 1976, watercolour on paper. Gift of former staff members of the Gordon Institute of Technology 1985, Deakin University Art Collection, image © and courtesy of the artist’s Estate.

This exhibition brings together for the first time the paintings of the late Wiradjuri artist Ronald Elliot Bull, an artist who is largely unknown but should be considered as a leading figure in the establishment of an Aboriginal art movement in South-Eastern Australia. Curated by James Lynch and Tristen Harwood (Ngalakan and Numbulwar) this project is an opportunity to reconsider the artistic works of Bull in one place, to better appreciate and value the life and accomplishments of this extraordinary artist.

Gordon Darling Foundation black and white logoEric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund blue and white logo

This project is supported by the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund, managed by Equity Trustees and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Finding the gallery

To find the gallery on campus, enter Deakin University via Entrance 1, (Holland Avenue), off Burwood Highway. Continue straight for 500 metres. As you pass the overhead foot bridge, the gallery is on your right. If arriving by car, you can park in any of the bays on the left of Holland Avenue. Alternatively, follow Holland Avenue all the way around to the second parking entrance.

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